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Mobile terminal and control method for the mobile terminal




Mobile terminal and control method for the mobile terminal


The present disclosure relates to a mobile terminal mounted with a cover to provide its associated functions, and a control method thereof. The present disclosure may include a body having a front surface and a rear surface thereof, a display unit disposed on the front surface, a cover disposed to cover the display unit, and provided with a window portion, and a controller configured to control the display unit to illuminate notification light on the window portion when...



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USPTO Applicaton #: #20170063424
Inventors: Inkwi Jang, Sanghyun Eim, Ilbyoung Yi, Sojin Kim, Yongho Lee, Kwanghyun Ahn, Hophil Lee


The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20170063424, Mobile terminal and control method for the mobile terminal.


RELATED APPLICATION

Pursuant to 35 U.S.C. §119(a), this application claims the benefit of earlier filing date and right of priority to Korean Application No. 10-2013-0149900, filed on Dec. 4, 2013, and 10-2014-0015560, filed on Feb. 11, 2014, the contents of which are all hereby incorporated by reference herein in their entirety.

BACKGROUND

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1. Field of the Invention

The present disclosure relates to a mobile terminal mounted with a cover to provide its associated functions, and a control method thereof.

2. Description of the Related Art

Terminals may be divided into mobile/portable terminals and stationary terminals according to their mobility. Also, the mobile terminals may be classified into handheld terminals and vehicle mount terminals according to whether or not a user can directly carry.

As it becomes multifunctional, a mobile terminal can be allowed to capture still or moving images, play music or video files, play games, receive broadcast and the like, so as to be implemented as an integrated multimedia player.

Efforts are ongoing to support and increase the functionality of mobile terminals. Such efforts include software and hardware improvements, as well as changes and improvements in the structural components.

Furthermore, in recent years, the development of a cover (or pouch) surrounding at least part of the mobile terminal has been actively carried out to protect the mobile terminal. However, the use of the mobile terminal will be restricted while the mobile terminal is covered by a cover. For such an example of restriction, while the display unit of the mobile terminal is covered by the cover, a user may not know visual information displayed thereon, and therefore, the display unit should be open. Accordingly, a mobile terminal capable of providing information associated with the mobile terminal to the user even while the display unit of the mobile terminal is covered by the cover may be conceived.

SUMMARY

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An aspect of the present disclosure is to provide a cover for implementing a new form factor of a mobile terminal in association with the mobile terminal.

Another aspect of the present disclosure is to provide a mobile terminal capable of providing information even while the cover is not open, and a control method thereof.

Furthermore, the present disclosure provides a new mechanism for allowing design changes and additional functions in a mobile terminal.

In addition, still another aspect of the present disclosure is to implement a structure that emits light from a folio cover in a folio type mobile terminal case for covering a display unit, thereby providing a mobile terminal case with the role of an indicator and an excellent design.

In order to accomplish the foregoing objective, the present disclosure may include a body having a front surface and a rear surface thereof, a display unit disposed on the front surface, a cover disposed to cover the display unit, and provided with a window portion, and a controller configured to control the display unit to illuminate notification light on the window portion when an event occurs while the display unit is deactivated. The window portion may be formed to expose at least part of the display unit to the outside while covering the display, and the cover may be formed to output the illuminated notification light at a boundary of the window portion.

According to an embodiment, the cover may include a cover front surface portion configured to cover the display unit, and a guide portion mounted on the cover front portion to cover at least part of the display unit, and formed to guide light output from the display unit to the window portion.

According to an embodiment, the guide portion may be formed to surround an outer circumference of the window portion.

According to an embodiment, the window portion may be formed with a circular shape, and the guide portion may be formed to be greater than the window portion, and a through hole corresponding to the window portion is formed in the guide portion.

According to an embodiment, a recess portion recessed along the thickness direction thereof to accommodate the guide sheet portion may be formed on the cover body portion.

According to an embodiment, the controller may turn on a region covered by the guide sheet portion within the display unit to guide light displayed on the display unit by the guide portion when the event occurs.

According to an embodiment, the cover may be provided with a light transmitting edge region to output light output from the display unit to the outside.

According to an embodiment, the cover may include a guide portion at least part of which is exposed to the outside while covering the display unit to guide light output from the display unit to the edge region.

According to an embodiment, the cover portion may include a sensing unit configured to sense a configuration that the cover portion is covered on the display unit, and the controller may control the display unit to output notification light on the boundary of the window portion when an event occurs while the cover portion covers the display unit.

According to an embodiment, the controller may control the display unit to vary the color of notification light output on the boundary of the window portion according to the type of the occurred event.

According to an embodiment, the window portion may be formed with a circular shape, and an image sequentially turned on along the outer circumference of the window portion may be formed on the display unit.

According to an embodiment, the controller may control a turn-on speed displaying the image on the display unit at a first speed when the occurred event is an event associated with a first application, and control a turn-on speed displaying the image on the display unit at a second speed which is different from the first speed when the occurred event is an event associated with a second application which is different from the first application.

According to an embodiment, the window portion may be formed with a circular shape, and when there exist a plurality of notification target events to be guided through the notification light, the controller may control the display unit to partition the outer circumference of the window portion into a plurality of regions based on the number of a plurality of events, and display different colors of notification light on the surrounding of the plurality of partitioned regions.

According to an embodiment, the different colors may be determined based on the types of the plurality of events, and information on the different colors may be stored in a memory in connection with the information of applications corresponding to the plurality of events, respectively, and when an event occurs, the controller may control the display unit to output notification light based on the information of an application corresponding to the occurred event and color information in connection with an application corresponding to the occurred event. According to an embodiment, the controller may display a plurality of icons representing applications corresponding to the plurality of events, respectively, when notification light consisting of a plurality of colors is output on the outer circumference of the window portion and then a predetermined type of touch is applied to the window portion within a predetermined period of time, and output the detailed information of an event corresponding to the selected icon on an exposed region exposed through the window portion of the display unit when any one of the displayed icons is selected.

According to an embodiment, the plurality of icons may be arranged along the circumference of the window portion.

According to an embodiment, the controller may display the plurality of icons with colors based on color information in connection with applications corresponding to the plurality of icons, respectively.

According to an embodiment, when any one of the plurality of icons is selected, the controller may switch notification light consisting of a plurality of colors along the outer circumference of the window portion to a color in connection with an application corresponding to the selected icon.

According to an embodiment, the notification target event may be an event that has occurred prior to a time point at which notification light is output in response to the event occurrence but has been unchecked.

According to an embodiment, when a predetermined type of touch is applied to the window portion while displaying the different colors of notification light, the controller may display detailed information on any one of the plurality of notification target events.

According to an embodiment, when a predetermined type of touch is applied again to the window portion while displaying detailed information on any one of the plurality of notification target events, the controller may switch detailed information displayed on the display unit to detailed information on the other one of the plurality of notification target events.

According to an embodiment, different colors constituting the notification light may represent the plurality of notification target events, respectively, and when detailed information on any one of the plurality of notification target events is switched to detailed information on the other one thereof, the controller may exclude a color corresponding to the any one event from the different colors constituting the notification light.

Moreover, the present disclosure may include a rear cover combined with a rear surface of the mobile terminal, and a folio cover connected to one side of the rear cover to cover a front surface of the mobile terminal, wherein the folio cover provides a front sheet located on the front surface, a rear sheet brought into contact with the front surface of the mobile terminal, a light source interposed between the front sheet and the rear sheet, an opening portion formed on the front sheet, and a light guide member configured to guide light incident from the light source to be emitted to the front surface through the opening portion of the front sheet.

The light guide member may include an opening portion formed on the front sheet, and a light guide sheet disposed on a rear surface of the opening portion to emit light emitted from the light source through the opening portion.




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Application #
US 20170063424 A1
Publish Date
03/02/2017
Document #
15351251
File Date
11/14/2016
USPTO Class
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